Michael Ventura is a vocalist, composer and multi-instrumentalist. He is a senior at Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Currently, he is a member of the school’s The New Washingtonians Jazz Orchestra, the school’s vocal jazz ensemble The Mellow Tones and The Concert Choir. Michael was born and raised in the Washington DC area and he is of Salvadoran descent. This talented musician was eleven years old when he began playing the saxophone and started performing with youth musical groups in the DMV. At the same time he also became a member of the Sitar Arts Center and has been participating with the Jazzin’ at Sitar program sponsored by the DC Jazz Festival for the past few years. . As a rising talented musician, Michael has performed at top venues and events including The Kennedy Center, Strathmore, DC Jazz Fest, Bethesda Blues and Jaz Super Club, Howard Theater, Lincoln Theater, Berklee Performance Center, Wheaton Jazz Festival, World Strides OnStage Music Competition and Big Brothers Big Sisters National Convention.
Michael was admitted to the Duke Ellington School of the Arts as a vocalist and he had been receiving training in classical music but because of his multiple talents he has also been participating with the school’s jazz ensembles as a singer and sax player and most recently participated as a guitar player with the guitar ensemble. Michael had been accepted and will be attending Berklee College of Music in Boston to study jazz composition. His biggest dream is to take jazz music to the next level and motivate youth to enjoy a true American art form.